Thursday, May 1, 2008

Petanque in the mountains

In the foothills of North Carolina's mountains, there's a small town that each year in the spring becomes home to America's largest folk music festival. The name of the town is North Wilkesboro and the name of the festival is Merlefest.

This year, as in many past years, Shirley and I made the trip up to enjoy some of the many varieties of music that the organizers bring to our fair state. This annual tribute that Doc Watson and thousands of his friends pay to Doc's late son, Merle, is well worth your time and money if you've never been and enjoy music ranging from Bluegrass to Cajun to Americana to Traditional Mountain music to, well, you get the idea.

This year was a special treat, because, not only was the music great, but our friends, Danny and Sue, invited our other friends, Bobby and Peggy, along with us to spend a couple of nights with them at their little mountain home in Crossnore, NC, which is in the heart of North Carolina's mountains near Grandfather Mountain, Boone, Blowing Rock, and the ski slopes of Beech and Sugar Mountains, among other attractions. Not only did we enjoy our visit, but we even found time to sneak in a couple of games of petanque at a local baseball field. Aren't you surprised we found the time? (Danny was our photographer and missed being in the pictures.)

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